Wood Words

Wood Words is a stamp set I received for free at the November OnStage last year.  This set has not gotten a lot of use so I decided to give the new (awesome) sets a break and use a older set.  This stamp set coordinates with Wood Crate Framelits Dies and Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

The colors I sed to make this card are Whisper White, Balmy Blue and Basic Black.  This card is a CAS (clean and simple card) and just took a couple of minutes to make.  I have to say Balmy Blue is a gorgeous light blue color.

I haven’t posted a picture of any of my grandchildren in a while so I thought it was time.  My youngest (and only) grandson is Nolan.  He was born yesterday but somehow he became eight months old last week.  He is a cutie pie if I do say so myself!  All you need to do is look at him and he smiles and he has the sweetest disposition to match!

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Remarkable You

Remarkable You is a stamp set that has been around for a while but I have just discovered it.  It is in the Annual Catalog.  I figure that since I just purchased it, then it will retire but that is ok, because I love this set and will use it for a long time.

As a reminder, the Retirement List will come out in the beginning of April.  If you want something from the Annual Catalog you really should order it soon.  There are five In Colors retiring (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy (a gorgeous green), Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum) and once that list comes out, the ink pads, cardstock and ink refills usually sell out the first day.  A lot of the embellishments sell out too, so again, if you want something, you should buy it quickly.

Of course, now is a great time to stock up on items you want or use regularly because it is Sale-a-bration time and you can get free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  It is a win-win.  You get the items you want before they sell out plus free stuff!

Back to the card ~ I stamped the leaves using Tranquil Tide and the flower in Island Indigo.  I cut the flower out using the Layering Circle Dies.  The sentiment is from Pop Of Paradise.


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Winter Wonder

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is full of products that don’t necessarily stand out in it.  The Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of these products.  It is easy to overlook on page 37 of the catalog because of all the awesome products being showcased on that page as part of the Year Of Cheer Suite.  The Embossing Folder is a super large snowflake (and we all know how much I love large images!) that makes a beautiful impression for a background of a card.

The snowflakes I used on this card are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This is a great set of dies that has something for every season.  There are three different snowflake dies in the set (although I only used two for this card).  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Star Of Light which is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

I know Labor Day was a couple of weeks ago but I had a couple of wonderful visitors that weekend.  My son, Sam came for a visit and brought Madelyn with him.  Poor Tara had to work all weekend so she couldn’t come and she was sadly missed.  Madelyn is the prettiest and brightest two year old I know.  Of course, I am a little prejudice but as a grandmother, I can say such things.  We had so much fun with her.  She slept in the room across from mine and every morning when I woke up I would hear her calling me to come snuggle with her.  It was awesome!

We did a lot of reading from the Daniel Tiger book.  Daniel Tiger is a great kid’s show (and book) that is based on the Mr Rogers Neighborhood series from long ago.  It talks about a lot of life lessons like having a baby brother on the way, being scared of trying new things, going to the doctor and other lessons like that.  Madelyn and I read the entire book over the weekend.  Daniel Tiger is her favorite.  Ugga Mugga, Madelyn!

A Colorful Birthday

If you know me at all, you know I love Big Bold Sentiments!  The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog has a bunch of stamp sets with Big Bold Sentiments in it.  It made me so happy when I saw them.  The thing that made me really smile was when I saw the Big Shot page in the catalog and it had this Big Bold Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It was the first thing on my list.  It must have made a lot of my customers happy too because almost all of them purchased this die.

What better way is there to show off a Big Bold Die then with a ton of color?  I took all my punches out and just started punching circles out of all different bright bold colors.  I used every punch between the sizes of 1/2″ to 2″ and just scattered the pieces around.  I used a piece of black and white Designer Series Paper from Pick A Pattern for the background to go with the Basic Black cardstock.  This was a really easy card to make that gives a pop of color.

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Eastern Palace

Are you sick of this color combination yet?  I really love the new InColor called Lemon Lime Twist (as if you couldn’t tell).  It is such a bright, fun color so expect to see it a lot!

I made this card using the Eastern Palace Suite from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The suite includes the stamp set called Eastern Beauty and the matching set of dies called Eastern Medallions.  As always with a new stamp set and matching dies, you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  This is a Bundle you really need to own!

The dies in this set are amazing.  Some of them cut out shapes totally and some just cut out parts of a shape.  They are so much fun to mix and match.  This card uses three different dies and a punch (1 1/4″ Circle Punch).

The Designer Series Paper is called Fresh Florals and comes in all the new InColors.  It is a larger package of Designer Series Paper because it has 40 sheets instead of the usual 12.

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Amazing Birthday

Here is another December birthday card I made for a friend.  It is as far from being a Christmas card as one can get!  Maybe one could argue that I did use a green (Mint Macaron) but it is not really a Christmas green so I still think I am safe.

For this card I used the stamp set called Amazing Birthday.  It is a stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog.  I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock and the lower piece of Watermelon Wonder using the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Then I cut little strips of the other cardstock and put it in-between the embossed stripes.

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Reflection Technique Card

Lovely As A Tree, Sheltering Tree

This is the second card we did at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a couple of techniques that are fun to do.  The first technique is called Reflection.  To do this is very simple.  First you stamp the regular image.  We used the trees from the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree.  Then you stamp it again onto a window sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside and line it up with the bottom of your stamped image and rub the ink onto your cardstock.  It comes out a little lighter and a litter blurry so it looks like a reflection in water.

The second technique we used on this card is masking.  I cut a circle out of Post-It note paper and placed it on the card where I wanted to moon to be.  Then we sponged Soft Sky ink over the top of the trees.  When you pull the Post-It Note off you can see the circle.  You do this again on the bottom of the card only this time we dragged the sponge over the reflection to make it look more like water.

It was fun to make and pretty easy too!

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